City to review preference for locals

Bidding process could be changed to favor area businesses

Giving local bidders preference on city contracts is an issue the Craig City Council has discussed several times informally, and tonight there are plans to formalize those discussions.

No ordinance will be presented but time has been set aside for the council to discuss the issue in-depth, including its pros and cons.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. today in council chambers of Craig City Hall.

On at least two occasions in the last year, the council, in accordance with the city charter, has been forced to award a contract to an out-of-area bidder when a local company bid for the project or equipment and was within hundreds of dollars of the low bidder. Each time this has occurred, it has sparked discussion within the council chambers about whether local businesses should be given preference if their bid is within a certain percentage of the lowest bid.

It seems most council members favor a system of local preference.

Only three other Colorado communities have local preference bidding system. The city is evaluating

its policies.

In other business, the council will:

  • Consider issuing a special events permit for the Craig Rotary Club dinner and dance scheduled for Jan. 25 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
  • Hear an update on Moffat County health issues from Marilyn Bouldin and Pat Mosbey.
  • Consider an ordinance to increase water and wastewater rates.
  • Consider waiving the formal bid requirement for additional ramps at the Craig Skate Park.
  • Consider a request to purchase a motor grader for the Craig Road and Bridge Department.

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